Here is a list of special events to remember and honor the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms.

Memorial Service | Stafford Armed Services Memorial | Friday, May 25 – 9:00 am

Stafford County will host a ceremony at the Stafford Armed Services Memorial to mark Memorial Day and to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The ceremony will commence at 9:00 am with the laying of a wreath. Meg Bohmke, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, will give remarks. Individuals who purchased a brick from Veterans Day 2017 to the present will be able to view their bricks. All are welcome to attend.

Memorial Day Weekend Concert | Saturday, May 26 – 2:00 pm

Memorial Day Weekend Concert. The Band of America’s Few, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of veteran and active duty Marine Corps musicians, will be returning to Fredericksburg, VA to provide a free concert. The concert theme, “Over There” pays homage to the 100-year commemoration of the end of World War I as well as the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the Women Marines Association. Concert begins 2:00 PM, Sunday, May 27 at Hurkamp Park. 

Memorial Day Tribute | Ellwood Manor | Saturday, May 26 – 2:00 pm

Join us as we honor those Civil War soldiers who gave their lives on the Chancellorsville and Wilderness Battlefields. The program will be held on the grounds of the historic structure Ellwood, which served as a hospital for Confederate casualties during the Battle of Chancellorsville and then one year later was the scene of Federal headquarters operations during the Battle of the Wilderness. The program will begin at 2:00 PM with the presentation of the “Colors” by the Lake of the Woods Veterans Club. An invocation will follow. Park Supervisory Historian Greg Mertz will then give a talk on the fires on the battlefields that took the lives of many combatants. The program will conclude with a tribute to the soldiers who were buried at Ellwood and later moved to local cemeteries. The program will end with the playing of taps. The program will last about one hour, which will allow visitors time to journey downtown for the illuminations at the National and Confederate Cemeteries that night. Ellwood will be open from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. and Friends of Wilderness Battlefield volunteer interpreters will be available to talk with visitors and answer questions. Event is free and open to the public.

Luminary | Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery | Saturday, May 26 – 6:00 pm

Hosted by the Fredericksburg Ladies’ Memorial Association

Luminaries will burn throughout the cemetery for the 3,550 soldiers interred.

6:30 – 7:30pm – Guided Cemetery Tour by Dan Janzegers

7:30pm – Commemoration for Private William Washington Durr, 13th Mississippi Infantry
Closing – Salute Volley: SCV Matthew Fontaine Maury Camp Taps: by Roy Perry, Camp Musician


Illumination | Fredericksburg National Cemetery | Saturday, May 26, 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

More than 15,300 candles will light the Fredericksburg National Cemetery for the twenty-third annual luminaria honoring those who gave their lives for their country. The program extends from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the cemetery, which will remain open until the luminaria lights are out. The program’s rain date is Sunday, May 27. This commemoration includes a historical walking tour to view the thousands of lighted candles. Each honors one of the soldiers buried in the cemetery, situated atop the battlefield landmark of Marye’s Heights. Taps will be played every 30 minutes. Due to limited parking, a free shuttle service will operate from the University of Mary Washington parking lot on the corner of William Street and Sunken Road. Handicapped parking will be available in the parking lot behind the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, with another shuttle operating between that point and the cemetery. Please note that pets are not allowed in the cemetery.

Rolling Thunder Ride | Fredericksburg Motor Sports | Sunday, May 27 – 7:00 am

Rolling Thunder will escort riders from the FMS Parking Lot (430 Kings Hwy, Fredericksburg 22405) to the Bikers Rally at the Pentagon Sunday, May 27th. Please arrive at the FMS parking lot between 7:00 – and 8:30am for coffee and pastries. Kickstands Up at 8:30am! Rolling Thunder Washington, DC, Inc.’s mission is to educate, facilitate, and never forget by means of a demonstration for service members that were abandoned after the Vietnam War. The Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run has also evolved into a display of patriotism and respect for all who defend our country.

152nd Memorial Day Ceremony | Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery | May 28 – 10:00 am

Hosted by the Fredericksburg Ladies’ Memorial Association

Massing of the Colors
Speaker: The Rev. Francis de Rosa – St. Elizabeth Catholic Church – Colonial Beach, VA
Strewing of Petals: Young LMA descendants & friends
Volley: SCV Matthew Fontaine Maury Camp
Taps by Roy Perry, Camp Musician
Parting of the Colors
In case of rain, the program will be held at the Crowninshield Building on the grounds of Kenmore, 1201 Washington Avenue.

Memorial Day Procession | Riverfront Park | Monday, May 28 – 10:45 am

Civil War reenactors invite you to join the first Declaration Day Procession that started in 1968 to honor the Union soldiers that fought for their freedom. The re-created 23d United States Colored Troops will lead the wayMarch starts at Riverfront Park and goes to the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center.

Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony | Fredericksburg National Cemetery | Monday, May 28 – 12:00 pm

The program will begin at noon and will last about 40 minutes. This year’s keynote speaker will be Kirsten Talken-Spaulding, veteran, daughter of a Navy pilot lost while serving in Vietnam in 1969, and presently the Superintendent at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Talken-Spaulding was commissioned in the US Navy in 1990 and attended Officer Candidate School at the Naval Training Center San Diego. She served as a Navy Chaplain in the reserves. Her father, LCDR Talken began his service in 1958 and was lost at sea while serving aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63). While aircraft debris was recovered, his body was not. He was the Kitty Hawk’s last loss in her 1969 cruise. As the daughter of one who made the ultimate sacrifice for his nation, Ms. Talken-Spaulding will reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day, the sacrifice of individuals and families, and the legacy of those men and women who have given all for their nation.  


Memorial Day Ceremony | Fallen Heroes Memorial | Monday, May 28 – 2:30 pm

In remembrance of those who have gone before us, please join the local veteran community on Memorial Day to show our respects.

In Memoriam Concert | Mary Washington Healthcare | Monday, May 28 – 6:00 pm

Join us this Memorial Day for a FREE outdoor concert honoring those who gave their all. The Pops will be performing some of your favorite patriotic pieces including: The Star Spangled Banner, Stars and Stripes forever, and much more! Did we mention it is FREE?? Since there is no actual seating, we do recommend bringing a lawn chair and an umbrella (just in case it rains).
Looking forward to seeing you there!
***Location details***
The orchestra will be performing underneath the large awning between Medical Arts Pharmacy and Elite Women’s Health (across from the children’s station).

Watch for Yellow Ribbons

Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg Chapter 4 tie yellow ribbons around the trees in the medium strip of Central Park and along the lampposts in downtown Fredericksburg as we honor and memorialize our Fallen Heroes.

Last Updated:
December 14, 2018